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December 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Sheds New Light on Afghanistan Luxury Villas



Photograph of a Task Force villas in Kabul, included in 11/25/15 letter from Special Inspector General John Sopko to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter Sadly, new information about the Pentagon’s $150 million luxury villas in Afghanistan recently disclosed by SIGAR in a letter to Congress may be the final word on this controversial project.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

December 2, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

New Roadblock for Inspectors General Access to Information



Mounted clock on white wall Last minute concerns over the IG Empowerment Act of 2015 may delay necessary legislation until next Congress.

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Topics: Government Accountability

November 17, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

House Oversight Committee Takes Aim at Improper Payments



Black and white photo of a very messy desk. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report detailing ineffectiveness of current improper payment system.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

November 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

GAO Finds Shrinking Oversight of Capitol Complex Caretaker



The Architect of the Capitol is in the final painting phase of the Dome Restoration Project Oversight activity at the Architect of the Capitol Office of Inspector General has plummeted in recent years, putting the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to maintain Capitol Hill buildings and grounds at increased risk of waste and fraud.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

September 9, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

Independence of Inspectors General is Essential



Two businessmen POGO discusses the Partnership for Public Service’s “Walking the Line” report and highlights the importance of Inspector General independence.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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